Klobuchar: 'It's a good starting point' DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar discussed the ongoing health care reform debate with MPR's Tom Crann and said the $856 billion health care reform bill introduced today by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus is "a good starting point."5:52 p.m.
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Israel Rejects U.N. Report On Gaza Conflict
Israel is rejecting calls by the United Nations for an independent inquiry into its conduct during its Gaza offensive in December and January. In its report Tuesday, the U.N. accused both Israel and Palestinian militants of war crimes during the conflict.
Mandatory Health Insurance May Hit Middle Class
All the health care bills circulating through Congress, including one unveiled Wednesday — require people to carry health insurance. The bills also include some government subsidies to help them pay for it. The latest bill, however, provides less generous subsidies, which could make it harder for middle-class families to afford the mandatory insurance.
Predicting The Crash: Tracking Tipping Points
Whether it's a glacier that caves in, a fish population that collapses or a market that crashes, new research is finding that many systems can reach a tipping point — where they change dramatically and unexpectedly. Some scientists believe they might be able to predict these sudden changes.
Letters: Swayze, Wilson
Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listeners' e-mails, including corrections about Patrick Swayze's obituary, a line from the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and the coffers of Congressman Joe Wilson following his outburst last week.
No Usable Vein Delays Ohio Execution
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland granted a weeklong reprieve Tuesday to death-row inmate Romell Broom whose execution was delayed after the execution team was unable to find a usable vein. Associated Press reporter Stephen Majors says when Broom saw the trouble the team was having, he tried to help a vein pop out to speed up the process.
Cincinnati Police Partner With Academics
The Justice Department will soon fund research into partnerships between police and academics because of their success in some cities at helping to dramatically lower crime rates. Experts say the close relationship between the University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Police Department is unique, and should be held up as a national example.
Health Care Should Focus On Big Picture
Daniel Schorr says that U.S. lawmakers should stop worrying about the scattering of illegal immigrants who may get unauthorized health care treatment and think of the millions who can't afford to get authorized treatment.
Secret Of The Masons: It's Not So Secret
Best-selling author Dan Brown's latest novel, The Lost Symbol, draws on the lore and mystique of the Freemasons. Once the object of fear and suspicion, the group is now a social organization with spiritual leanings.
Sen. Baucus Unveils Health Care Plan
Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus unveiled Wednesday his long-awaited health insurance plan. Baucus made many concessions in an effort to win at least some Republican votes, but, as of now, not a single Republican has said he or she would back the measure.
Possible Medicaid Expansion Worries Gov. Rendell
The expansion of Medicaid, under the health care overhaul plan, has governors worried about added financial burdens in their states. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, says the economic crisis' effect on states has made them extremely sensitive to an unfunded mandate for Medicaid.